Overview

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Advance your teaching. Deepen your practice.

This training consists of four 9-day modules, taken in any order, that delve deeper into the subtleties and advanced stages of teaching yoga. Each module includes 75 classroom hours.

Kripalu Advanced-Level Teacher Training

Whether you are Kripalu trained or from another tradition, our 300-hour advanced-level teacher training will support you in deepening your practice and providing you with the skills, knowledge and experience to take your teaching to a higher level.

Beginning your 300-hour training program means you are joining a community of over 17,000 Kripalu alumni and current students who are serving their communities by sharing the gifts of yoga. It also means you are enrolling in one of the most respected and established yoga training programs in the world. At Kripalu, we have been training yoga teachers for over forty years.

Our 300-hour program is designed for life-long learners, and sets the foundation for your 1,000-hour certification with the Kripalu School of Yoga, so you can begin accruing hours as you return for continuing education.

We are here to serve you. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Curriculum

Required Modules


Teaching Pranayama and Advanced Asana: Essential Practices for Yoga Teachers

The practice of breathwork awakens the life force and opens the door to profound meditation. Deepen your knowledge of pranayama, gain mastery in teaching asana, and explore the philosophy that gave birth to these techniques in a training designed to revitalize your physical and energetic bodies.

This module includes

  • Ayurvedic, yogic, and contemporary perspectives on prana and the physiology of subtle energy
  • Guided experiences that reveal how pranayama can be used to soothe and steady the mind
  • Practical anatomy and alignment principles for advanced asana
  • Contraindications and teaching tools to work safely with students
  • Opportunities to develop your skills and build confidence through one-on-one sessions and evaluated practice-teaches
  • A unique Kripalu teaching methodology that integrates modifications, variations, and hands-on assists.

Guiding Meditation for Transformational Yoga Teaching: Exploring the World Within

Yoga teaches us that the pursuit of inner stillness is actually enhanced by periods of physical activity. As you sink into meditation, asana becomes a tool to embody higher awareness. Meditation and Advanced Asana provides you with the support, practice, and guidance needed to bring all facets of your being into the single focus of samyama.

Using a unique Kripalu teaching methodology that integrates modifications, variations, and hands-on assists, you learn how to make the benefits of meditation and advanced asana accessible to your students.

This module includes

  • Immersion into the core meditation techniques of the Kripalu tradition
  • An integrated practice of postures, pranayama, and relaxation to enhance meditation
  • Simple yet effective tools to access to the meditative states of dharana and dhyana
  • Insight into the broad spectrum of meditation approaches and their benefits
  • Discussion on how yoga and meditation can affect the healing, growth, and transformation processes.

 

Elective Modules (choose two)

 


Instructing Yoga for Special Populations: Yoga for Every Body

Yoga has so much to offer for those with unique needs. Instructing Yoga for special populations trains you to offer posture modifications that create a safe environment for all types of students. It also helps you develop valuable skills for working one-on-one and for meeting individual students’ needs in a group setting.

This module includes

  • Advanced skills for working with private clients
  • Anatomy of the circulatory and lymphatic systems
  • Ayurvedic lifestyle tools
  • Principles for teaching special populations, such as pregnant women, the elderly, and those with chronic health conditions.

Leading Kripalu Vinyasa: Breathe, Feel, Flow

Deepen your skills and increase your appeal to students who want to experience an intentional and mindful approach to vinyasa yoga. Learn to create intelligent, innovative sequences and establish powerful philosophical themes that support your students both on and off the mat, infusing your teaching with power, purpose, and heart.

During this module, you also

  • Explore vinyasa through the lens of Kripalu Yoga methodology
  • Learn how to lead the three levels of Kripalu Vinyasa, using intelligent and progressive sequencing.
  • Explore modifications and energetic alignment principles to create a safe experience for students at all levels
  • Delve into the koshas, pranayama, and meditation in motion.

Uniting Yoga and Ayurveda: Balancing the Doshas

This course deepens your knowledge of the relationship between yoga and Ayurveda, with classes focused on cultivating prana (life force), agni (inner fire), and ojas (vigor). While here, you participate in daily sadhanas, carve silent time for self-study, and integrate your skills in insightful supervised practicums.

You also

  • Explore the relation between panchamayakosha and the eight limbs of yoga as they relate to Ayurveda
  • Learn key postures, breathing practices, and meditation techniques for balancing psychophysical constitutions (doshas)
  • Experience the different movements of prana, including prana, udana, samana, apana, and vyana
  • Cultivate useful Ayurvedic tools to adjust yoga class sequencing and personalize private sessions that are based on the season, time of day, season of life, and basic doshic imbalances.

Chakras, Granthis, and Nadis: Applied Yoga Philosophy, Subtle Anatomy, and Advanced Practice

When yogic seekers went deep into their practice, they encountered a rich inner world beyond rational thought. These yogis developed symbols to map the journey inward—symbols known as chakras, granthis, and nadis.

This module explores these symbols and how they can enrich your practice and teaching. Come discover a path established by ancient yogis that is still relevant today, including

  • Kriya, asana, pranayama, bandha, and mudra practices to explore your inner world
  • In-depth lectures on the symbolism of chakras, granthis, and nadis, and how they apply to contemporary practice
  • Deep meditation and personal exploration
  • Teaching tools to make your classes more powerful and meaningful.

Teaching Kripalu Yoga to Adolescents

For yoga teachers interested in bolstering their skills and enriching the lives of adolescents through yoga.

Unmanaged stress is linked to a variety of adolescent challenges, including poor academic performance, substance abuse, risky sexual behaviors, obesity, depression, and anxiety. Research performed by Kripalu, in conjunction with Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, reveals that yoga can be a profound vehicle for cultivating adolescents’ stress resilience, self-acceptance, and ability to self-regulate.

This training provides

  • An effective, CASEL-endorsed Social and Emotional Learning Program
  • A scientifically validated yoga curriculum appropriate for middle and high school physical education and health classes, extracurricular settings, community centers, yoga studios, and more.
  • Practical guidance on how to effectively partner with schools, nonprofits, after-school programs, and other organizations serving teens
  • Developmentally appropriate lesson plans outlining the introduction of postures; centering, breathing, and relaxation techniques; and key yoga concepts
  • An exploration of the teen experience through role-playing, discussion, and lectures on adolescent development
  • Language cues appropriate for adolescent practitioners
  • Opportunities to practice teaching in a simulated adolescent environment
  • Resources to help you hit the ground running and successfully implement this program in your community.

Dates and Costs

Online Format

UNITING YOGA AND AYURVEDA:
Balancing the Doshas

Date: 2-Week Training, August 21–25 and September 23–27, 2020
Length: 30.5 in-class hours per week
Faculty: Larrisa Hall Carlson and Kate O'Donnell
Tuition: $1,074

TEACHING PRANAYAMA AND ADVANCED ASANA
Essential Practices for Yoga Teachers

Date: 5-Week Training, August 27–September 27, 2020
Days: Tuesdays–Sundays
Length: 19.5 / 1 in-class hour(s) per week
Faculty: Janna Delgado and Michelle Dalbec
Apprentice: Christopher Holmes
Tuition: $994
 

Kripalu Campus Format

Due to health and safety concerns related to COVID-19, we have made a decision not to reopen in 2020. All programs and trainings at the retreat center will be canceled this year. Read more.

Daily Schedule

When you train with the Kripalu Schools of Yoga and Ayurveda, you benefit from a unique immersion experience in our beautiful retreat center setting. While you’re here, you develop tools to cultivate health, create community, and encourage a quest for knowledge. We offer a variety of accommodation options to support your experience and budget needs, ranging from dormitories to private rooms.

Student and Faculty Testimonials

Student Mike E.

Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training was the highlight of my life. The methodology at Kripalu truly makes you a teacher!

Faculty Toshiro M.

Japanese practitioners appreciate Kripalu Yoga for its realistic and applicable approach to life.

Frequently Asked Questions

ONLINE TRAININGS

Is the curriculum different for the online versus the campus training?
There is no difference in the curriculum. However, there is additional one-on-one mentoring with Kripalu Faculty made available to our students taking the training online.

How will the trainings be shared?
All sessions of the training will be held by Zoom video call. Links, passwords, and more information will be shared once you are registered for the trianing..

ON CAMPUS TRAININGS

How is the training structured?
Kripalu’s 300-hour training consists of four modules, which can be taken in any order, and are scheduled throughout the year. Each module consists of 75 hours of study.

Programs for each module typically start at 7:00 pm Friday evening and end by noon on the final Sunday. Required daily sadhana is from 6:30 to 8:00 am, with teaching sessions from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm as scheduled. Required evening sessions are held throughout the week.

GENERAL INQUIRIES

I am a 200-hour certified yoga teacher. What are the benefits of enrolling in a 300-hour training?
A 300-hour training is an opportunity to enhance your personal practice while expanding your teaching skills. As yoga soars in popularity, students and studios require more teachers with in-depth training and the ability to teach to wider varieties of students, including beginners, advanced practitioners, and people with unique limitations or special needs.

What distinguishes the 300-Hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training?
The Kripalu School of Yoga offers a profound immersion learning experience. When you’re absorbed in yoga, from skill building and self-development to living in a community of like-minded peers, you have the opportunity to deeply embody what you are learning. You discover empowering ways to integrate the fundamentals of the Kripalu lineage with understanding gained from contemporary wisdom and scientific study. Kripalu Yoga is a living tradition and continually evolving practice.

What specific skills will I develop in each module?
Each module brings an advanced skill set into focus, in order to learn and integrate these skills into a complete Kripalu Yoga class. These include advanced asana and vinyasa, meditation, pranayama, and techniques for adapting yoga to special-needs populations. Teachers are given tools to help them create and develop effective yoga classes for every level.

Graduates are considered Kripalu ambassadors who can skillfully make Kripalu Yoga accessible in serving diverse students, communities, and settings.

Is there a time limit to start or complete all four modules?
You may begin taking the modules any time after you complete your Yoga Alliance–approved 200-hour certification. Most students complete the 300-hour training within two years; however, you can take as many modules as you wish per year. In order to be certified as a 300-Hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher, once accepted as a student, you must complete all four modules within five years.

I started my 300-Hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training prior to 2015. Since new modules are now being offered, what do I need to complete my certification? 
300-hour students who enrolled prior to 2015 can attend any modules of choice (that have not already been taken) to complete required content hours. Please contact a KSYA advisor to review all available module options at kripaluschools@kripalu.org.

Once I’m accepted into the 300-hour training, what is the criterion for certification?
Certification is based upon meeting requisites for attendance, class participation, and practice-teaching assessments.

Are there prerequisites, homework, and/or required reading for each module?
Some modules might include homework and reading assignments.

Is there credit for training completed outside of Kripalu?
Students may complete their 200-hour teacher certification at any Yoga Alliance-approved school. However, Kripalu doesn’t transfer credits or hours from any other 300-hour program.

Where can I find information about faculty?
Our faculty are highly trained, longtime practitioners with exceptional teaching and facilitation skills across a wide range of specializations. Find out more about our faculty.

How does Kripalu define advanced asanas?
Advanced asanas are any asanas that are outside of our standardized 200-hour curriculum. Most 200-hour teacher training programs teach approximately 25 asanas. Some advanced asanas require more skill and flexibility and should be practiced after one has developed their practice and understanding of basic postures. Modifications and developmental work are also included in teaching advanced asanas.

What is the Kripalu approach to vinyasa yoga?
Kripalu’s new elective, Leading Kripalu Vinyasa, is geared toward yoga students seeking more challenge and vigor in their practice. A rich combination of creative, innovative sequences; powerful philosophical themes; deep personal inquiry; and a framework exploring the koshas, meditation in motion, and pranayama are the hallmarks of Kripalu Vinyasa, which helps support your students both on and off the mat.

How is the 300-Hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training (KYTT) different from the 300-Hour Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training (AYTT)?
The 300-Hour KYTT provides a well-rounded training in advanced asana, pranayama, meditation, and offers electives on yoga for special populations, leading vinyasa, and Ayurveda.

The 300-Hour AYTT is also a 300-hour yoga teacher certification, but provides specific focus on incorporating Ayurveda into yoga practice.

Both the 300-hour KYTT and 300-hour AYTT require students to complete four modules at Kripalu.

Do you require continuing education to maintain one’s 300-Hour Kripalu Yoga teacher certification?
We ask that Kripalu Yoga teachers complete 12 hours of yoga-related continuing education per year. This can be anything from taking an anatomy and physiology workshop to attending yoga classes taught by another yoga teacher in your community. We work on an honor system and ask that students keep a log of their hours, in case we should collect them in the future. Currently, we do not collect documentation of these hours.

How can I assess whether the 300-hour training is appropriate for my skill level?
Although our programs are rigorous and require the ability to participate in a nine-day intensive, Kripalu Yoga is renowned for its accessibility to all types of people.

If you still have questions, please contact us at kripaluschools@kripalu.org or 800.848.8702.

Apply

Admissions to the programs are determined on a rolling basis. Given high program demand, a maximum number of students per training, and limited housing availability, we strongly recommend that applicants submit applications as soon as possible (two–four months prior to the program start). Trainings typically fill to capacity about one month in advance.

We rely on information provided in the application to make informed decisions about your capacity to fully participate in and benefit from all aspects of the program. Please answer the questions honestly and completely. The Kripalu Schools of Yoga and Ayurveda do not discriminate in admissions, administration, or educational policies with regard to race, ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, creed, or religion.

KSYA Application Process

  • Review information on program dates, costs, faculty, curricula, certification criteria, and general information about Kripalu on our website.
  • Complete the appropriate application for the program for which you are applying in its entirety, including the short-answer questions. Be sure to indicate your preferred program dates. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Kripalu reserves the right to require a phone interview or take other steps to supplement your application, if needed, in order to arrive at an informed admissions decision.
  • You will be notified of your admissions decision via email within two to four weeks of receipt of your application. If you do not have an email address, we will send your admissions decision by regular mail and also call you to inform you of your status.
  • Maximum capacity for each program date ranges from 50–64 students. If you are accepted in the training and the course you are interested in is full, you may register for the waitlist, which will remain open until the program’s start, or you may register for any training date within one year of your acceptance.
     

Scholarship Application
Please note To submit this scholarship application, you must also submit a program application or have already been accepted into a program. Scholarship applications will not be reviewed until the applicant is accepted into a program.